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LESIA MARUSCHAK

LESIA MARUSCHAK creates mobile memory spaces. Born in 1961 in Saskatchewan she spent her

childhood on the Canadian prairies, land settled by her ancestors in 1874. Maruschak’s work - a complex

exploration of memory and sensual expression - informs and expands what it means to create.

According to Monica Allende, “Maruscha’s work reflects on the visual memory of history, and the role

of the artist in the decolonization of narratives which are critical issues in photography debate.”

Working across the still and moving image, sculpture and painting, Maruschak creates objects which

encapsulate narratives emerging from fragments often multiplied thousands of times. Her commitment

to making drives her to push what her camera captures until she arrives at an abstract sensual

representation - almost otherworldly. 

In just three years of practice Maruschak’s works have been collected by museums, exhibited in many

solo and group photographic exhibitions in nine countries. She is also a maker of fine books.  Her most

recent publication MARIA received the International Arsenal Book Festival’s Grand Prix (2019, Kyiv). Her

Limited-Edition Art Book, TRANSFIGURATION, has been acquired by numerous private and public

collections including Duke University, Stanford University, Athenaeum, Columbia University, Thomas J.

Dodd Research Center, and the Library of Congress.  Maruschak collaborates with recognized

international memory museums, lectures at international conferences such as FORMAT 19 University of

Derby (2019). She makes special guest appearances at photo festivals including PhotoVenezia (2018)

and Palm Springs Photo Festival (2017). In 2014, The Governor General of Canada presented Maruschak

with the Caring Canadian and Silver Medal Award for her work.

 Maruschak holds a MA in Ethnography and an MBA in International Management.

 She spends her time between Alvena and Ottawa, Canada.

 


Lesia Maruschak

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